Team Category: ELL/Student Support

Paige Rahman – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Paige Rahman and I am the 5th Grade ELL Specialist and Newcomer ELL Teacher. This begins my 23rd year of teaching. I have taught Special Education for two years in Richmond, MO; 4th Grade for 7 years on the island of Saipan, and Sheltered ELL in grades 2-6 in Kansas City in […]

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Lori Stark – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Lori Stark and this is my 13th year in education. This is my first year at KCIA. Most recently I was an ELL teacher in Liberty Public Schools. I earned my Bachelor of Science and ELL certification from Missouri Western State University. I am currently working toward my Masters degree in ELL. […]

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Renda Duncan – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Renda Duncan and I am a 4th/5th Sheltered classroom teacher at Kansas City International Academy. I began my career in education in 2010 teaching Kindergarten for 3 years in the North Kansas City School District. I then taught 1st grade for 4 years in the North Kansas City School District. I earned […]

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Elise Keller – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Elise Ferdon (née Keller) and I am an ELL specialist here at Kansas City International Academy. I started my career in 2015 teaching Newcomer English courses at Guadalupe Centers High School. This will be my first year here! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Master’s Degree in Education at Truman […]

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Canda Gierach -Middle School Sheltered ELD/ELA

Hi! My name is Canda Gierach. This is my 3rd year at KCIA, and this year I will be working with ELL students in middle school. I began teaching in 2007 at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas; then I taught for 5 years in Liberty. I have taught French, Grade 9 English, and a […]

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Noelle Tope – Middle School ELL Specialist

My name is Noelle Tope and this is my third school year at KCIA! I graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2017 with my Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. When I’m not teaching, I love to […]

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Heather Mozey – Middle School Guided Reading Support

My name is Heather Mozey and I have been teaching since 2000. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Administration. I have taught severe needs, second and third grade​,​ as well as preschool. This is my third year […]

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